We love all things Celtic and know that people like us are few and far between. Most don’t recognize the value of this Irish tradition outside the country. Literally, Celtic pertains to the Celts or their languages. They constitute a branch of the Indo-European family that includes Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Breton, Manx, Cornish, and several extinct pre-Roman languages such as Gaulish.
Our particular attraction to this culture is the wonderful ancient people with a grand warrior attitude who left the world great art and innovative music. It is a rich heritage we hope to share. We hope to inspire further exploration and hope our passion is infectious. This blog is devoted to all things Celtic and it will take many forms.
Eventually we will get to their contemporary music stemming from the old folk traditions, but today we want to mention something a bit odd that came to mind recently as we were installing some new solar panels on the roof of our home. They’re powering our new hot water system we researched on Tankless Center. Given that we think often about the Celtic culture, we reflected together on how eco-friendly technologies give us a taste of the past. Perhaps invading the past somehow in the present is part of what we seek.
What was the world like centuries ago? How did people live and, in particular, how did they survive the elements such as the bitter cold? They wore layers of clothing of course and had fire. How wonderful it is that today we have a marvelous invention to take care of basic needs. The sun and rain doesn’t just grow crops anymore, it powers a nice hot shower.
I imagine the mysterious Celts as strong, hearty people taking shelter from the cold. Their abodes were simple and primitive no doubt. But their minds and hearts were too busy creating art and music to dwell on the mundanity of weather. Unlike me haha, I need a hot shower every morning.
Actually, the Celtic culture is complex depending upon which group you are talking about and what location in Europe. It is still in question from whence they came. There is some archeological evidence showing migration patterns in Gaul, but questions remain. Unfortunately, the Celts had no writing tradition. It would show that the range of their existence was broad. People often think of “Celtic” as pertaining to six nations: namely Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man, where four Celtic languages are still in use — Breton, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, and Welsh.
It would take a decade to decipher all the ramifications of this realm, but we are willing to put in the time. We must note that while there are interactions and influences, the Celts and Vikings are not the same group. There are myths surrounding the Celt’s origins and evolution, not to mention integration with other indigenous cultures like the Scottish Picts. Some things remain obscure, but we use our imagination.
Don’t look to the scholars however and there is little consensus on the subject of genetics and language. The prehistory of the Celts is unclear. They formed a tribal society with its own customs and laws that were passed orally through the generations. Think of the Druids stepped in their heritage. The Druids wouldn’t have treated their world as badly we do ours. Hopefully our start on solar is a small step towards treating my world better.